Foam Rubber Costumes

Short article where I discuss behind the scenes of the Power Rangers Lightning Force villains.

and other things that are easier in RPGs.

One of the things about kaiju and sentai movies/series that RPGs are not burdened with is a limited prop and costume budget. I was watching Power Rangers Beast Morphers the other day and it occurred to me that we are fortunate in the #ttrpg world not to have guys running around backstage setting up cardboard buildings to get tramped by people in foam rubber monster costumes.

In the realm of imagination, we get to have huge explosions, more than any propane behind any group of Rangers ever should we so desire. No pesky actor’s guild restricting character stunts. No bottle rockets and air cannon effects for explosions to worry about. Nothing “flying” by wire over the cardboard buildings. Yay imagination!

Ay yi yi yi yI can’t stand Alpha 5.

In my Power Rangers Lightning Force campaign, I’m introducing Alpha Four, which was then shortened to Alphour. She’s a segmented robot with tracks for legs, a long slender neck with two bulbous eyes and a lighted box for a mouth. She has four long, slender metallic arms in front of her. Literally “all four.” She is calm, cool, and collected at all times. No pesky “Ay yi yi yi yi.”

Again, it’s all the beauty of running an RPG instead of a major TV or film production. Do I wish Hollywood would catch onto some of the character and situation ideas? Well, honestly I think there are many game masters who would relish a chance to go write for Hollywood. Unfortunately, I think some of my ideas would give effects guys nightmares and cause producers to have nervous breakdowns, which is why I stick to rolling dice behind my GM screen instead.

I want to take Alpha 5 out behind the base and go all Office Space copier scene on it.

Lots more to come this week. Thank you for being here. Have a good one!

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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